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April 21, 2024

Debunking Senior Living Myths

Category: Senior Living

Author: Sheila M. Gallagher, Executive Director

Arrow Senior Living is known for doing things a little differently and challenging the status quo within the industry. It’s just who we are! Even with all the technological conveniences of today such as social media and websites, it is still common to meet individuals with a skewed perception of what senior living looks like. In this blog, I want to share my senior living journey, why I remain committed to the industry, the biggest myth I believe exists, and how to help others overcome the myths surrounding our beautiful Cedar Trails Senior Living community and services.

Get ready for some fun! Seniors and employees come together for a game of chair beachball volleyball during Orientation Thursday.

I began my journey at Cedar Trails in November of 2014, assuming the role of Culinary Director. Over the next eight years, I immersed myself in the company. I gained comprehensive knowledge of every aspect involved in caring for our wonderful residents. I transitioned into the role of Executive Director in December 2022, which was an honor for me. This position not only enriches my life but also allows me to be there for our residents whenever they need me. It’s the residents who make each day at Cedar Trails special for me.

Dispelling Assumptions: Assisted Living at Cedar Trails and the Reality of Family Involvement

One of the greatest myths I’ve encountered is the assumption among residents that transitioning to Cedar Trails means automatically moving to long-term care. This assumption arises solely because their families want them to.

When discussing assisted living with families, I encourage them to bring their loved ones for a tour and a meal. I also let them know about upcoming events that would be enjoyable to attend. This hands-on approach helps family members gain a better understanding of what assisted living at Cedar Trails entails.

I hope you found this helpful, and I encourage you to share it with others because here at Arrow, we are committed to reshaping the perception of senior living! Search #whatseniorlivinglookslike, and you will find so many great things that happen in our community every single day.

In the spirit of celebration, a cheerful group of employees and residents at Cedar Trails Senior Living pose happily in front of a Holiday arch adorned with red and green balloons.

Cedar Trails Senior Living in Freeburg, IL offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near St. Elizabeth’s Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers, including The Orchards Golf Club, Target, Eckerts Belleville Farm, Braeutigam Orchards, and the Belle Clair fairgrounds & Expo Center.

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